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Space Force Could Be Authorized In FY 2020 Defense Bill, Lawmaker Says

June 21, 2018 by Marc Selinger

Legislation to implement President Donald Trump’s proposed Space Force will likely be considered as part of the fiscal year 2020 defense authorization bill that Congress will take up next year, a key House member said June 21. Two congressionally mandated reports that the Department of Defense owes Congress later this year will guide lawmakers as […]

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House Nears Debate On FY 2019 Defense Appropriations Bill

June 20, 2018 by Marc Selinger

The full U.S. House of Representatives is expected to take up its version of the fiscal year 2019 defense appropriations bill the week of June 25-29. The debate on the $674.6-billion measure will likely occur June 27, according to a spokeswoman for the House Appropriations Committee (HAC).  The House Rules Committee has set a deadline […]

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Senate Passes FY 2019 Defense Authorization Bill, Setting Up Conference With House

June 19, 2018 by Marc Selinger

The U.S. Senate passed its version of the fiscal year 2019 defense authorization bill late June 19, sending the $716 billion measure to a conference committee with the House. The Senate approved the legislation by an 85-10 vote, capping almost two weeks of floor debate.  Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), who steered the bill through the […]

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Senate Panel Proposes Increase To DHS Budget, Fully Funds Border Fence

by Calvin Biesecker

The Senate panel that oversees funding for the Department of Homeland Security is recommending $48.3 billion for the department in fiscal year 2019, an increase above the requested amount and the current budget. The proposal is $900 million more than the Trump administration requested and $611 million above the fiscal year 2018 appropriation, and includes […]

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Senate Panel Backs Space Station Funding Beyond 2025

June 15, 2018 by Marc Selinger

The Senate Appropriations Committee (SAC) has rebuffed the Trump administration’s proposal to end federal funding for the International Space Station (ISS) by 2025. In a new report explaining its fiscal year 2019 Commerce, Justice, Science appropriations bill, the committee said it supports maintaining ISS funding “beyond 2025 until a viable alternative exists to achieve NASA’s […]

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Senator Slams Upcoming Move Of F-35 Brake Work To Turkey

June 14, 2018 by Marc Selinger

Honeywell [HON], which makes brake components for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter in South Bend, Ind., plans to move that work to Turkey this summer, drawing criticism from the state’s senior U.S. senator. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) said on the Senate floor late June 13 that if U.S.-Turkish relations continue to deteriorate, he is concerned […]

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House Appropriations Committee OKs FY 2019 Defense Bill

June 13, 2018 by Marc Selinger

The House Appropriations Committee approved its $674.6 billion fiscal year 2019 defense appropriations bill by a 48-4 vote June 13, sending the measure to the full House for its consideration. The bill, which the committee’s defense subcommittee endorsed June 7, would buy 93 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, 16 more than the Department of Defense requested, […]

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House Appropriations Bill Boosts F-35 Buy, Backs New JSTARS

June 6, 2018 by Marc Selinger

The House Appropriations Committee (HAC) unveiled a $675 billion fiscal year 2019 defense appropriations bill June 6 that would buy 93 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, 16 more than the Trump administration requested. The HAC’s proposed purchase of F-35s also represents a significant increase from the House and Senate FY 2019 defense authorization bills, which would fund […]

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Senate Cancels Traditional August Recess To Ease Work Backlog

June 5, 2018 by Marc Selinger

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced June 5 that his chamber will skip the traditional August congressional recess to work through a pile of appropriations bills and presidential nominations. “I think we have enough work to do for the American people that we should be here during these weeks,” McConnell told reporters.  McConnell attributed the […]

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Air Force To Award Contract For New A-10 Wings Next Spring

May 30, 2018 by Marc Selinger

The U.S. Air Force, which recently launched a competition to replace the wings on some of its aging A-10 Thunderbolt II close-air-support aircraft, plans to pick a winning bidder and award a contract in spring 2019, a service spokeswoman said May 30. The Air Force released a request for proposals May 25, setting an Aug. […]

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